Projects, Residential

Kilburn Loft

Variant Office were asked to convert a loft in Kilburn. The family was keen to extend their modest 1.5 bedroom property into a 3-bed family dwelling. Their instinct was to convert and sub-divide the loft into a series of bedrooms with the living spaces on a reconfigured lower floor. We felt that it would make better sense to use the 4 metre high space at the ridge by flipping the plan and have the living spaces in the converted loft. This solution reduced the scope of work required to the existing flat saving the client between 30%-40% on their construction budget, whilst creating a really unique and spectacular living space for their young family.

Interiors, Projects, Residential

Calton Avenue

Variant Office was invited to refurbish and extend a modest end of terrace in the heart of Dulwich. Our client was hugely underwhelmed with the house in its current state and we were tasked with changing this perception by developing a home suitable for modern living.

As the site footprint was small we wanted to maximise the sense of space by connecting the rear extension with the garden by way of corner glazed extension. The perforated brick screens help screen the interior from neighbouring properties.

We imagined the interior of the house being a single space, subdivided by a large piece of joinery to create more intimate spaces to live, cook, eat and work.

The traditional Victorian house was transformed by inserting a modern open treaded stair that allows the light to penetrate deep into the house.

Bold use of colour and materials create different atmospheres throughout the house.

Housing, Projects, Residential

Esmond Road

Variant Office was appointed to re-organise the ground floor of this house by extending it to form a rear and side extension under permitted development. The timber skin wraps the garden unifying it with the house. The screen drops to obscure elements of glazing.

Housing, Projects, Residential, Uncategorized

Ainsworth Road

The basement extension was conceived as a house for a photographer. It was part of a subdivision of a grand Victorian property in the heart of Hackney. The new two-bedroom home takes advantage of the site’s East-West orientation thus creating generous terraces to the front and rear of the property. The proposal allows the client to downsize comfortably hence remaining in the borough.

Housing, Projects, Public Realm, Residential

Lonsdale Mews

Lonsdale mews is an 8 unit newbuild scheme in Croydon on tight a backland site. The 1 to 3 bed development sensitively negotiates the site constraints to provide front and back gardens for each unit. The patterned brick picks up on the local vernacular and responds to local brick fields that once existed nearby.

Projects, Residential

Foley Road

Location : Claygate, Surrey, England
Client : Private
Area : 100sqm
Status : Tender

Our client came to us to assist them in reorganising their home, a period semi-detached workers house in the historic town of Claygate. Over time the house has undergone a number of piece-meal extensions and additions that have limited the potential of the house for modern family life.

At this stage we are developing the design through a process of collaboration with our client. By breaking the ground floor of the house down in to a series of components for which we developed a number of interchangeable options our client were able to see the implications of various configurations and to quickly see which options worked best for them.

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Blog, Residential, Uncategorized

Claygate House is nearly complete

After a wee while in gestation,our project on Foley Road is finally nearing completion…

See more about the project here

Projects, Residential

Summerfield Avenue

Location : Queens Park, London, England
Client : Private
Area : 190sqm
Status: Completed
This project on Summerfield Avenue is a full refurbishment of a Victorian mid-terrace property in the Queens Park conservation area, for which we added a new dormer, rear and side return to the property. Having recently purchased the property, the clients were keen to move forward quickly in order to accommodate their growing family. With that in mind, Variant Office brought the scheme from concept to tender in under 3 months.

In order to make the most of the deep plan of the existing house, a glazed side return brings south light deep into the interior. On the ground floor, a sequence of rooms from front to rear allow for a visual connection from front façade to rear garden, culminating in a spacious kitchen-dining area with a lowered floor level.

The rear extension is clad in brick in keeping with the conservation area.

Careful attention is paid to the refurbishment of the upper storeys, with bespoke built-in joinery and the addition of an extra bedroom and two en-suites. A new stair from first to second floor is designed as a discrete piece of furniture, formed entirely of birch plywood. The stair sits tightly within the hallway, allowing sufficient headroom below and above without penetrating the roofline – a necessity in this conservation area, where a dormer cannot extend to the full width of the building.

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Projects, Residential

Raeburn Street

Architecture Design : Variant Office

Location : Brixton London

Client : Private

Sector : Residential
Area :  50sqm
Status: Planning

Variant office were appointed to develop a loft extension and reorganise the kitchen of this mid terrace property in Brixton on a tight budget.

Working entirely within Permitted Development we proposed maximisiing the kitchen through its reorganisation which allowed us to open the rear wall to better connect with the garden.  Large areas of fixed glazing are articulated by opening timber shutters.

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Community, Projects, Residential

New Homes for Neighbourhoods I

Architecture Design : Variant Office and Erect Architecture

Location : Natal Road, Brighton, UK
Client : Brighton + Hove City Council

Sector : Residential
Area :  100 sqm
Status: Competition

Brighton and Hove City Council organised a competition to regenerate small pockets of leftover space throughout the city. Variant Office, in collaboration with Erect Architecture, proposed this design for an unused piece of land on a steep slope between two existing houses.

 

To make this a place for a family home, we propose a design carefully moulded to its context. Starting with a minimal rectangular volume following the line of the garage next door, we push and pull the planes of the façade and roof to take account of the complex conditions.

At the ground floor, this sculpting creates a sheltered entrance porch; at the first floor it reveals a Juliet balcony that respects the neighbour’s views. To the rear, the first floor pop-out echoes the recess in the front, while above the half-landing the roof drops and brings light in from above.

The proposed house is brick clad, consistent with the material of its neighbours. Its materiality relates to the adjacent garages and ties the new house visually into the existing context. The recesses to the façade create a lively sculptural rhythm.

This is a generous family home with four-bedrooms, fully accessible to Lifetime standards. Entry is to the west, through a hallway which leads straight to a large living/ kitchen/ dining area, which opens directly to the garden. The stair sits visible at the side of this living space and leads to a more private second family room, which overlooks the double-height space below. The bedrooms upstairs are arranged with views both front and back.

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